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Augury - 'Fragmentary Evidence'

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Augury - Fragmentary Evidence

Augury - Fragmentary Evidence

Nuclear Blast Records

The Bottom Line

Proficient technical death metal with an ear for melody and a ravenous appetite for chaos.
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Pros

  • Impressive instrumental work, especially in the rhythm department.
  • Intelligent lyrics that avoid being narrow in scope.
  • Seamless transition between harsh and calm sections.

Cons

  • A few of the guest vocalists sound out of place.

Description

  • Released August 11, 2009 on Nuclear Blast Records.
  • Augury’s second album.
  • Mastered by James Murphy of Death and Obituary fame.

Guide Review - Augury - 'Fragmentary Evidence'

Technical death metal has seen a sudden resurgence in recent years, with Brain Drill, Obscura, and Origin leading the new wave of guitar wizardry, unorthodox song structures, and tight rhythm work. One band that has been overlooked throughout this wave is Canada’s Augury. While not a major success, their 2004 debut Concealed gained enough attention to get the band a record deal with Nuclear Blast.

With their sophomore album Fragmentary Evidence, fans of the genre will gravitate towards the integration of melodic elements into the brutal precision of a death metal onslaught. The songwriting takes plenty of chances, with an emotional tone overshadowing the band’s need for endless wankery or monotonous blast beats.

Augury is packed with talented musicians in its ranks. While it seems that guitarists Patrick Loisel and Mathieu Marcotte are going to play second fiddle to Dominic Lapointe’s awe-inspiring bass work in the earlier tracks, the guitars become the prominent instruments in the extended lead work on “Sovereigns Unknown” and “Orphans Of Living.” Several guest vocalists make an appearance, including Aborted’s Sven de Caluwé and Syriak and Leilindel, of Unexpect fame. While a nice surprise, none of them make a lasting impression.

The two epic numbers, “Jupiter To Ignite” and “Oversee The Rebirth,” are where Augury lean towards a progressive side. Acoustic guitars are a mainstay in these songs, providing soothing undertones to the harsh tones. The latter track, in particular, goes through several passages where punishing riffs and serene clean guitars are seamlessly traded off.

Conventional songwriting is not part of Augury’s repertoire; instead, signature time changes and a frantic pace take precedence. Fragmentary Evidence is a jaw-dropping display of technical genius that should catapult the band to the top of the genre.

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